Postcard from Canada: Our trip to the lake was relaxing and fun. We arrived at the cabin on Friday to find a power failure, so no hot drink or food for a while. The cabin is small but sleeps nine people. This time just me and cousins Gail & Tina in residence. Saturday we spent round the lake at cousin Alvin’s where we enjoyed a delicious supper with fireworks. Sunday was muggy and we spent it next door at Cousin Stephen’s, Monday was more of the same but after lunch Stephen took us out on his pontoon boat and we spent a pleasant two hours on the water. Things took a turn for the worse on our return home when Gail & I discovered her husband Allen had an argument with a tree while on his tractor. He didn’t win. He is now recovering with lots of bruising and severe concussion.

NSY: Members of the Burwash Not So Young club will meet on Thursday afternoon in the Burwash village hall at 2.15pm. New members and visitors are always given a warm welcome at this club for the senior members of our communities. They enjoy a varied programme of talks and fun events. To find out more go along on Thursday or call Isabel Salmond on 01435 882452

Quiz: Tonight is quiz evening at the Pavilion in Burwash Common. The fun begins at 8pm when teams of six players pit their brains to find the right answers. Mind I find the best answers are usually made up! If you would like to have a go or find out more give Halina Keep a call on 01435 882183. The licensed bar will be open .

Ride & Stride: The annual Ride & Stride for Sussex Churches takes place tomorrow Saturday, Participants will be on foot, bicycle or horse and will take in as many churches as they can. Sponsorship is obtained by those taking part and the money is split between Sussex historic Churches trust and a church of the choice of the the participant. There is are trphies for the most churches visited. Good uck to all taking part.

Village Fete: let us hope the weather is kinder for the Burwash Common old fashioned village fete tomorrow than it was for the Burwash fair last month. The fun begins at 2pm. All the fun of the fair as you try your hand at the games and the assault course, buy raffle & tombola tickets, enter the sports and competitions. There will be pony rides, bouncy castle, and more. Plenty of refreshments and a barbecue. The fun dog show is always a popular event. Wadhurst Brass band will be playing throughout the afternoon. There will be lots of stalls to browse, too so why not take the family and enjoy this annual village fete.

Bowls tournament: The Burwash short mat bowls club will be playing in their annual memorail cup tournament on Sunday at the Burwash village hall. Playing in memory of members who have passed away, they will play in a round robin of games which will continue throughout the day, with hot lunch and refreshments available. The winner will be the player who accumulates the most points through the day. Spectators are very welcome to go along and watch the games.

Flowers: The Burwash and district flower arrangement club will meet on Monday afternoon at the Burwash village hall from 2.15pm. The guest speaker will be Mrs Jean Plaskett. The title of her talk will be Omnium. New members and visitors are always welcome to go along. For more details call Claudette Neville on 07974 450 317.

Bateman’s: On Sunday Bateman’s invite you go along to their Heritage open day. This is a free admission open day. They also have an exhibition of WW1 with letters from friends & family written to Rudyard Kipling’s son John while he was away fighting. Also on display is the Irish Guard uniform worn by Daniel Radcliffe in the movie My Boy Jack.

WW1: The Friends of All Saints Church Old Heathfield are staging an impressive events and programme, that will include a unique and spectacular and colourful exhibition with a creative WW1 tableau plus impressive medal and ribbons which will adorn the church, flanked by a display of WW1 memorabilia. The whole thing begins on Thursday with an impressive free entry exhibition, open to the public from 11am to 4pm. In the evening, at 7.30pm the Revend Roger Kenward, retired former Chaplain in Chief RAF will present The Great War in Focus, with songs, Humour & pity for the war, concluding with reflection & remembrance. Please book in advance by calling Jean Barnes 01435 863784. Friday will be given over the the pupils and students of local schools as an education day. The evening will be Music For Friday night with a concert of music, readings & poetry by guest musicians, including Battle Brass Band. Tickets are 6 pounds A raffle & colection will be held in aid of HelpFor Heroes. Doors open at 6.30pm Saturday 20 the exhibition opens between 10.30am & 4.30pm. The evening moves to Broad Oak Village hall with a WW1 special quiz. Teams of 8 at 10 pound each to include a ration meal. Call Jean Barnes to book a table. Further details about Saturday & Sunday next week.

Mary Taylor

Holton Cottages